Justin Williams has a close bond with his young son Jaxon. Jaxon may even be the reason why his father chose to sign with Washington as an unrestricted free agent in 2015.
“He woke up this morning and said, ‘Daddy, where are we playing?’ I told him Washington,” Williams said two Julys ago, according to the Los Angeles Times. “He was all smiles. That passed the test.”
“He even said a month ago, ‘Daddy, if we don’t go back to L.A., I think you should go play with [Alex] Ovechkin because he’s the best.'”
Wednesday, Jaxon played hockey on the same sheet of ice that Ovechkin skates on. Jaxon is a member of the Caps Academy mites, and on that particular night, his Daddy was coaching him.
This morning, Kettler Capitals Iceplex was buzzing with Washington Capitals arriving back in town from the World Cup of Hockey. Our favorite Russians, Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov hit the ice on the same line along with the Caps’ new right winger, Brett Connolly. Dmitry Orlov skated later on a pair with Matt Niskanen.
RMNB photog and Capitals beat writer Chris Gordon was on site to capture this historic occasion. Take a look!
The Captials have rolled out their new banners located outside the parking garage of Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the 2016-17 season.
The banners feature both past and current players from the team including T.J. Oshie, Matt Niskanen, Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nicklas Backstrom, Yvon Labre, Mike Gartner, Rod Langway, Dale Hunter and Braden Holtby (listed as “Holtbeast”).
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz and the team’s top players may still be in Toronto seeking a championship in the World Cup of Hockey, but the rest of the team will soon begin their quest for a different championship, one that comes with an unsanitary silver chalice. On Friday, the team kicks off its training camp for the upcoming NHL campaign. The team announced the full schedule and roster on Wednesday morning.
While players have been skating informally for weeks, the real action is imminent. On Thursday, players will undergo their pre-season physicals and testing. On Friday, the 2016-17 Caps will take the ice for the first time before attending their annual sit-down with reporters.
The initial roster lists 65 players which includes 38 forwards, 19 defensemen, and eight goaltenders. The roster must be trimmed to 23 players by October 11.
You guys, Evgeny Kuznetsov is really here and signed now and every little part of that process is exciting. Such as this photo from the Washington Capitals. The pic, which shows Kuznetsov’s new locker stall at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, received over 3,000 likes in two hours on Instagram.
Let me repeat, a photo of a locker stall and a nameplate. Three thousand likes.
You’re excited. We’re excited. Everyone’s excited. Why? Because it’s finally Kuzya Time.
Let’s do this.
Blood and hockey are a natural pair, and we need more of both right now. The Charity Hockey Classic, to be held at 7pm this Saturday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, is gonna solve both those problems at once. The event is a round-robin tournament for charity (I expect the Caps alum/front-office team to sweep) with special appearances by Elliot in the Morning’s Elliot Segal, Slapshot, the Red Rockers, and those dang mites on ice.
There will also be a silent auction. Admission is 10 bucks at the door; kids are free.
Please help Inova refurbish the bloodmobile and save some lives. And, because it’s hockey, you can watch Cap alum Paul Mulvey (43 career fights) endanger some lives as well.
More info after the jump and at charityhockeyclassic.com.
UPDATE: Your boy Wes Johnson, Capitals in-arena announcer, will be there too. Now it’s a party.
Thanks to some well timed henriquing, there will in fact be a game to watch on Saturday night, and there is a decent chance we’ll even be together to watch somebody hoist the Stanley Cup. Not gonna lie: I will get emotional.
The game is supposed to start at 8, but who knows what kind of nonsensical padding and human interest story fluff NBC will air beforehand. If Costas shows up, you know it’s gonna be bad.
Illustration by Ian Oland.
It’s only been the offseason for a couple weeks, and we already miss you guys. So we had a thought: why don’t we all get together, share some laughs, and watch maybe the last hockey game of the year?
So. Saturday, June 9, 7 PM. Come to Front Page VA to watch Game Five* of the Stanley Cup Finals with us. Front Page will have some TVs tuned to the game, specials for the hungry and thirsty among us, and a small army of service staff waiting at your beck and call.
Ovi happy, Alzner sad. Pic’s blurry, but yet so very, very perfect. (Photo credit: Tarik El-Bashir)
Karl Alzner has been hating on everything Russian over the past week. First, he gave us low marks on RMNB’s “Caps Fans and Bad Habits” post. More recently, he bet against Team Russia in the WJC and the only Caps prospect in the tournament, Evgeny Kuznetsov. Why? So he could show allegiance to his Canadian homeland. Deplorable.
And that’s why the humility train made a quick stop at Kettler Capitals IcePlex. Alzner had to wear an ugly Russia jersey from the pits of Alex Ovechkin’s closet. Alzner wore the unsightly thing all practice long and described it as “the worst morning of my life.”
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